Senator Queries the Legality of Paris Club Refund, calls for probe

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Senator Anyanwu

Senator Samuel Anyanwu from Imo State, in a motion of national importance, yesterday, queried the legality of the funds given to governors by President Buhari. He also sought to know who gave the approval, since the National Assembly was not consulted before the disbursement.

Anyanwu told his colleagues: “I am worried about the Paris Club refunds. Governors are asking for more funds. Where is this money from? The Senate has not given any approval. Who gives the approval and where is the money from? I heard the president scolding them. The president was asking them how they sleep at night even when they do not pay salaries. They have received billions of naira. I feel worried. Even the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has told the president to stop giving bailout funds to governors.

“If you look at front pages of newspapers, you will see the issue there. This is the problem. If my colleagues will allow me, I want to bring this as a motion at our next legislative day. I so submit.”

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, sought the leave of his colleagues to approve that a proper motion be brought to the floor at another legislative day.

“If it is the will of colleagues that this motion be brought at another legislative day, then Senator Anyanwu can sponsor a proper motion,” Saraki said.

The lawmakers voted that Anyanwu should present a proper motion at another next week.

Factnews recalls that President Buhari, few weeks after he assumed office in 2015, had approved bailout funds to states to settle salary arrears, without any recourse to the National Assembly, as prescribed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Section 80 (4) of the constitution states that “no moneys shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly.”

In late 2016 and early 2017, President Buhari approved the disbursement of N760.17 billion in two tranches of N243.79 billion each to the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory. The funds were also meant to offset backlog of salaries of state civil servants.




Source: Culled from TheSun

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